China tensions on the rise

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In the article, they wrote: "While India has traditionally been focused on deterring Pakistan, its nuclear modernisation indicates that it is putting increased emphasis on its future strategic relationship with China".

Bhaskar Koirala of the Nepal Institute of worldwide and Strategic Studies said the timing of the current tension is linked to remarks by Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankhar in Washington DC during Prime Minister Modi's visit there last month in which he used the term "strategic convergence" between the USA and India.

Underlining that this was not the first time that China and India had border differences, Mr. Jaishankar said, "When such situations arise, I see no reason, when having handled so many situations in the past, we would not be able to handle it".

On the standoff between the armies of India and China in the Dokalam area, he said diplomatic channels would continue to be used for a resolution.

China has alleged that the Indian troops are on its soil, but both Bhutan and India say the area in question is Bhutanese territory. Responding to the offer made by China, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, "Our stand is absolutely clear".

Like China has been insisting that India withdraw its troops from the border in Sikkim, the 1962 editorial also demanded the same and said that if India doesn't withdraw, China would "take necessary defensive measures" and "the Indian side would be fully responsible" for it.

Before briefing the opposition leaders, senior ministers Swaraj, Singh and Arun Jaitley, national security adviser Doval and BJP president Amit Shah held a two-hour meeting.

"China stands ready to play a constructive role to improve the relations between Pakistan and India", Shuang had said in a press conference.

"The basic goal was to apprise MPs from different parties of situation on terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris on July 10 and situation in Sikkim sector", DG PIB Frank Noronha said after the meeting.

The remarks from China came at a time when both the neighbouring countries and their armies are locked in a stand-off in Doklam area in Sikkim.

"The extra range will allow the Indian military to establish Agni-5 bases in central and southern India, further away from China", the experts' article said.

The opposition Congress criticized the BJP Government over the situation in Doklam Plateau, with the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi questioning why Prime Minister Narendra Modi had not yet spoken up on the face-off.

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